Origin of oak
Related Words for oaksarena, room, theatre, cinema, movie, site, amphitheater, scene, drama, house, hall, auditorium, playhouse, deck, locale, coliseum, hippodrome, barn, drive-in, footlights
Examples from the Web for oaks
Contemporary Examples of oaks
At one community fair, in Thousand Oaks, Ruby met a man, a wrestler, who would become her next husband.Gay Talese on Charlie Manson’s Home on the Range
October 31, 2014
A listener from Thousand Oaks put me in touch with the Dachshund rescue center where I adopted Lisa-Marie.Here's How Kevin James Would Make Los Angeles Better for Animals
February 11, 2013
Now we paralleled the river, beyond whose far edge grew many slender-trunked nara trees; apparently they were Japanese oaks.Japan's Nuclear Ghost Towns
William T. Vollmann
May 2, 2011
It would be the first time an Oaks and Derby winner would face off in the Preakness.Can These Two Horses Save Racing?
June 4, 2009
Historical Examples of oaks
They drop from the oaks like fruit that is ready to be eaten!The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
In Hancock County, Ill., oaks have been succeeded by hickories.
This is specially true of cedars and oaks, as well as of elms and maples.
It is an evil season when such acorns grow upon English oaks.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Come with me to the hammock under the oaks in the yard and I will tell it.Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight
Mathew Joseph Holt
noun (functioning as singular)
Word Origin for Oaks
- the wood of any of these trees, used esp as building timber and for making furniture
- (as modifier)an oak table
- anything made of oak, esp a heavy outer door to a set of rooms in an Oxford or Cambridge college
- sport one's oakto shut this door as a sign one does not want visitors
Word Origin for oak
Old English ac "oak tree," from Proto-Germanic *aiks (cf. Old Norse eik, Old Saxon and Old Frisian ek, Middle Dutch eike, Dutch eik, Old High German eih, German Eiche), of uncertain origin with no certain cognates outside Germanic.
The usual Indo-European base for "oak" (*derwo-/*dreu-) has become Modern English tree. Used in Biblical translations to render Hebrew elah (probably usually "terebinth tree") and four other words. The Old Norse form was eik, but as there were no oaks in Iceland the word came to be used there for "tree" in general.